A Ranker World of Comedy Opinion Graph: Who Connects the Funny Universe?

In the previous post, we showed how a Gephi layout algorithm was able to capture different domains in the world of comedy across all of the Ranker lists tagged with the word “funny”.  However, these algorithms also give us information about the roles that individuals play within clusters. The size of the node indicates that node’s ability to connect other nodes, so bigger nodes indicate individuals who serve as a gateway between different nodes and categories.  These are the nodes that you would want to target if you wanted to reach the broadest audience, as people who like these comedic individuals also like many others.  Sort of like having that one friend who knows everyone send out the event invite instead of having to send it to a smaller group of friends in your own social network and hoping it gets around. So who connects the comedic universe?

The short answer: Dave Chappelle (click to enlarge)

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Dave Chappelle is the superconnector. He has both the largest number of direct connections and the largest number of overall connections. If you want to reach the most people, go to him. If you want to connect people between different kinds of comedy, go to him.  He is the center of the comedic universe. He’s not the only one with connections though.

Top 10 Overall Connectors

  1. Dave Chappelle 
  2. Eddie Izzard 
  3. John Cleese 
  4. Ricky Gervais
  5. Rowan Atkinson
  6. Eric Idle
  7. Billy Connolly
  8. Bill Hicks
  9. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
  10. Sarah Silverman

 

We can also look at who the biggest connectors are between different comedy domains.

  • Contemporary TV Shows: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, ALF, and The Daily Show are the strongest connectors. They provide bridges to all 6 other comedy domains.
  • Contemporary Comedians on American Television: Dave Chappelle, Eddie Izzard and Ricky Gervais are the strongest connectors. They provide bridges to all 6 other comedy domains.
  •  Classic Comedians: John Cleese and Eric Idle are the strongest connectors. They provide bridges to all 6 other comedy domains.
  • Classic TV Shows: The Muppet Show and Monty Python’s Flying Circus are the strongest connectors. They provide bridges to Classic TV Comedians, Animated TV shows, and Classic Comedy Movies.
  • British Comedians: Rowan Atkinson is the strongest connector. He serves as a bridge to all of the other 6 comedy domains.
  • Animated TV Shows: South Park is the strongest connector. It serves as a bridge to Classic Comedians, Classic TV Shows, and British Comedians.
  • Classic Comedy Movies: None of the nodes in this domain were strong connectors to other domains, though National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation was the strongest node in this network.

 

 

A Ranker Opinion Graph of the Domains of the World of Comedy

One unique aspect of Ranker data is that people rank a wide variety of lists, allowing us to look at connections beyond the scope of any individual topic.  We compiled data from all of the lists on Ranker with the word “funny” to get a bigger picture of the interconnected world of comedy.  Using Gephi layout algorithms, we were able to create an Opinion Graph which categorizes comedy domains and identify points of intersection between them (click to make larger).

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In the following graphs, colors indicate different comedic categories that emerged from a cluster analysis, and the connecting lines indicate correlations between different nodes with thicker lines indicating stronger relationships.  Circles (or nodes) that are closest together are most similar.  The classification algorithm produced 7 comedy domains:

 

CurrentTVwAmerican TV Shows and Characters: 26% of comedy, central nodes =  It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, ALF, The Daily Show, Chappelle’s Show, and Friends.

NowComedianwContemporary Comedians on American Television: 25% of nodes, includes Dave Chappelle, Eddie Izzard, Ricky Gervais, Billy Connolly, and Bill Hicks.

 

ClassicComedianswClassic Comedians: 15% of comedy, central nodes = John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Charlie Chaplin, and George Carlin.

ClassicTVClassic TV Shows and Characters: 14% of comedy, central nodes = The Muppet Show, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, In Living Color, WKRP in Cincinnati, and The Carol Burnett Show.

BritComwBritish Comedians: 9% of comedy, central nodes = Rowan Atkinson, Jennifer Saunders, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, and Dawn French.

AnimwAnimated TV Shows and Characters: 9% of comedy, central nodes = South Park, Family Guy, Futurama, The Simpsons, and Moe Szyslak.

MovieswClassic Comedy Movies: 1.5% of comedy, central nodes = National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Ghostbusters, Airplane!, Vacation, and Caddyshack.

 

 

Clusters that are the most similar (most overlap/closest together):

  • Classic TV Shows and Contemporary TV Shows
  • British Comedians and Classic TV shows
  • British Comedians and Contemporary Comedians on American Television
  • Animated TV Shows and Contemporary TV Shows

Clusters that are the most distinct (lest overlap/furthest apart):

  • Classic Comedy Movies do not overlap with any other comedy domains
  • Animated TV Shows and British Comedians
  • Contemporary Comedians on American Television and Classic TV Shows

 

Take a look at our follow-up post on the individuals who connect the comedic universe.

– Kate Johnson

 

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Happy Inanimate Objects, Dramatic Animals + Gamer Survival Kits

60+ Everyday Objects That Look Really Happy
What could be nicer than finding a smiley face at the bottom of your coffee mug? How about living in a house that looks super excited to see you every time you come home? This is a simple gallery of pics of everyday things that look like they are happy.

Essential Products For a Gamer Survival Kit
No matter what, gamers gonna game! But for a gamer to play at peak performance levels, there are certain survival essentials for quests, campaigns, and candy crushes. Behold: everything you need to survive an intense gaming sesh.

The Worst Qualities in a Person
Let’s face it: not everyone is perfect. Even the most charming people are guilty of at least a few negative personality traits. But which ones are the worst?

Being a Student Is . . .
Being a student isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Sure, there are the parties, the booze, the moving away from home and living without your parents – but there’s also a whole lot of stress, worry, studying, and exams.

The 36 Most Dramatic Animals on the Internet
Drama isn’t just a human thing. As this list of GIFs proves, the animal kingdom is full of feisty creatures who have a flair for the dramatic.

Pretentious Words You Secretly Don’t Know How to Pronounce
What are some of the most overused, mispronounced words people use to try to sound smarter?

The Internet Remembers Robin Williams
And finally, we lost a beloved comedy legend this month. Robin Williams was the face, voice, and talent of a lot of our childhoods and many people took to social media to share touching memories of him. We’ve rounded up the best tributes and would like to invite fans to vote on their favorite Robin Williams movies. R.I.P. Genie.

That’s it! Stay in touch and we hope you’re having a great month!

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Selfies at Funerals, Genius Shower Thoughts + Inadvertently Hilarious Kids

We’ve been having a blast reading about all of the ridiculous and thought provoking things you’ve been ranking this summer. Some of these are too good not to share. Check ’em out!

49 Stellar Cosplay Costumes From This Year’s Comic Con
Comic Con was awesome this year! The best costumes we saw showcased some serious attention to detail (and blatant disregard for heat and comfort). Check ’em out and rank accordingly!

50 Incredible Pictures That Just Might Teach You Something
This photo gallery includes pictures of natural phenomena, manmade things, the goings-on inside our own bodies, and tons of other cool sh*t that might even teach you a thing or two. The universe is pretty amazing. Let’s look at it together!

50+ Signs That Will Definitely Make You Giggle
These funny signs range from the whimsical, to the witty, to the downright stupid. In an age where image is everything, you would think people would be more careful with their signage.

34 Things Every Man Should Know. Seriously, Take Notes.
Dudes. Guys. MEN. When it comes to the male gender, there are certain things all guys simply must know. Whether its for your own personal safety or to not look like an idiot in public, take a moment to learn these things.

Kids Who Answered Wrong, But Deserve An “A” For Effort
Kids these days, can’t live with ’em, can’t teach ’em anything because the Internet shows them that they can be a smartass instead of submitting real quiz answers.

This is Real: Selfies at Funerals Are Officially a Thing
Of all the occasions to commemorate with a selfie, it would seem funerals aren’t exactly the most appropriate. But these selfie lovers don’t seem to mind. In many occasions, their dearly departed is even in the photo with them!

The Greatest Shower Thoughts Ever Thought
We (most of us) bathe in quiet solitude, with neither friends nor social media to entertain us lest we get our devices wet and ruin them. Amidst all that lathering and rinsing, the mind wanders, and for the duration of each shower, anything is possible.

Yesterday’s Technology With Today’s Prices
Ever wonder how much it would cost to buy a Gameboy if it was released today? Or what people were paying for the privilege of having a cell phone when they first came out? This may stop you from complaining for a while.

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Dirty Airline Secrets, ’90s Supermodels + Not-So-Smart Criminals

Spring is in full swing and we can hear the birds chirping. Passover, Easter, Earth Day, 4/20… there sure is a lot to celebrate this month! Our gift to you: a handy roundup of our favorite new lists on Ranker.

9 Bad Things That Happened on Good Friday
Though it is not the merriest holiday for Christians (or Jesus for that matter), it still seems pretty crazy that so many murders, crimes, and disasters have gone down on Good Friday.

18 Dirty Facts About Flying That Airlines Don’t Want You To Know
Warning: some of these appalling airline practices cannot be unseen. If you’re squeamish, there is still time to turn back and continue to be blissfully unaware that your aircraft’s wing may or may not be held on with duct tape.

15 Criminals Who Got Caught By Bragging About Their Crimes
Some people are just in the habit of sharing everything about themselves on the Internet. You eat mac n’ cheese for dinner, you tweet a pic of yourself enjoying your meal. You rob a bank, you post a pic of yourself fanning out the money–D’oh!

Easy Things You Can Do Today to Help Your Environment
You don’t have to be a hero or a hippie to know that our environment could use a little help. In honor of Earth Day this month, here’s a fun roundup of easy things you can do to make a difference.

Stunning Snapshots of ’90s Supermodels (Then and Now)
Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell. . . they were all household names back in the ’90s. We all know that Tyra Banks is as crazy as ever, but what are the rest of these beauties up to and how have they aged?

20 Jobs That No Longer Exist
It’s insane that PEOPLE ever did some of these tasks. (See: the job that was replaced when alarm clocks were invented.) But they did and we have the pictures to prove it.

The Worst People On Planes
Whenever you board a plane, you hope that everything runs smoothly. Of course, that means safely, but it also means not having to deal with the many types of obnoxious people you’re likely to encounter. Here’s a rundown of the usual suspects.

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Crazy Things Girls Do, Presidents Gone Wild + Sexy Co-Star Couples

Happy spring! Here are the best lists you crazy kids have been upvoting this month:

Which Ex-Presidents Would You Want to Go on a Bender With?
Did you know that some of the former presidents of the U.S. were huge drinkers and recreational drug users? Huge! Read about the scandalous habits of these former POTUSes (or would that be POTI?) and then vote for the ex-pres that you’d most want to get down with.

The Craziest Things Girls Will Do to Make You Like Them
Quit playing games with my heart! Really. No, not really. We all can get a little crazy when it comes to romance. Whether they’re just flirting or looking to put a ring on it, some ladies will do some pretty insane things to get noticed.

25 Celebrities Who Lost a Ton of Weight (Before and After Photos)
These stars transformed themselves from fat to all that! From flabby to fabby. From obese to bitch, please! Okay, I think we’re done here.

 

Who Did These Eventually Famous Kids Grow Up To Be?
When kids are young, they have the potential to be anything: astronauts, politicians, police officers… or they could go the way of Darth Vader and cross over to the Dark Side. From these vintage childhood photos, can you guess who turned in to whom?

The Biggest Turn Ons in a Person
Wondering how to be charming and attractive to the opposite sex? This is what men – and women – truly want.

25 Movie Couples Who Got Together in Real Life
After pretending to be an item on the silver screen, these sexy celebrities rode that wave of attraction all the way to Couplesville.

 

Top 10 Most Ironic Deaths of All Time (Vol. 2)
These incidents are far more serious than having “too many spoons when all you need is a knife.” Folks died here, people. Bonus: If you really love yourself some ironic deaths, check out Volume 1: The Top Ironic Deaths of All Time. You weirdo.

20 Celebrities Who Have Had Hair Transplants
We aren’t 100% certain how these balding men managed to halt the cruel hands of time… but we’re guessing that science had something to do with it, because most human beings don’t lose hair and then miraculously get it back.

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The Best Possible Answers To Opinion-Based Questions

Ranker, as an openended platform for ranking people/places/things, is a lot of different (awesome) things to different people. But the overarching goal for Ranker has always been to provide the best possible answer to opinion-based questions like “What are the best _____?”

Popular sports and entertainment vote lists often grow into being a great answer within 12-72 hours as they get lots of traffic quickly, but the majority of Ranker lists take 1 – 3 months to build to full credibility as visitors on Ranker and from search engines find them and shape them with votes and re-ranks.

I thought it would be fun to showcase some Ultimate Lists and Vote Lists in other categories that haven’t gone viral, but through the participation of lots of Rankers over a few months have indeed become “the best possible answer” to this question.

 

Food: you all clearly love to weigh in on the start of the day, and the 5 o’clock hour:

Best Breakfast Cereals

The Best Cocktails

But you also have strong opinions on hydration during the day:

Best Sodas (and for the more calorie-conscious among you The Best Diet Sodas)

And even specific Gatorade flavors (thanks for the list Lucas)

Snacking, whether it be on a particular type of cheese, candy bar, or even as granular as a specific Jelly Belly flavor (thanks for the list Samantha but what’s with all the chocolate pudding haters?)

Dining out, specifically at Italian chain restaurants

A list I am not authorized to vote on, pregnancy cravings

And hundreds more, including perhaps a new category entirely – food nostalgia (I do miss those Crispy M&Ms myself)

 

Fashion/Beauty: not categories that I personally check up on much, so I was psyched to see quite a few solid rankings here, some of them high-end but mostly stuff you can find at the mall:

Best women’s shoe brands

Best denim brands

Top handbag designers

Fashion Blogs

Sulfate-free shampoos

And even a men’s facial moisturizers list (have only tried 3 or 4 myself, but agree with their relative positions on the list)

 

Travel: Rankers, I know from a number of you that as we’ve been adding datasets of “rank-able objects” over the last year, one of the most-requested ones that we don’t yet have is hotels/resorts. Trust me, it’s still on the list. But in the meantime, it’s been heartening to see how many of you have participated in these great resources for travel destinations and attractions, like these:

Best US cities for vacations

Honeymoon destinations

Coolest cities in America

Theme parks for roller coaster addicts

And my personal faves, “bucket lists” of the world’s most beautiful natural wonders and historical landmarks.

Great stuff – these lists and 1000s more like them are true testimonials to the “wisdom of crowds”.  Thanks, crowds!

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The Most Annoying Saturday Morning List of the Day

Few things on Earth say Saturday morning like cartoons and cereal. It’s always great, just sitting in front of Saturday morning cartoons, with your favorite novelty cereal bowl, eating sugary stuff that advertising companies somehow convinced your parents were a necessary part of your balanced breakfast. 

But among the cartoons, there were always those few characters that really got to us, rubbed us the wrong way, or ruined everything for every body. 

Remember this needy bastard?

Snarf Sucks

or maybe this Napoleon-complexed little nuisance?

or how about this troll’s laugh?

There was always that ONE cartoon character that really grinded your gears. For me, it was always Ranger Smith. Screw that guy. If it weren’t for him, Boo Boo wouldn’t have to be so uptight all the time “I don’t think the Ranger’s gonna like this, Yogi”. 

What if he wasn’t around to kill the buzz of being two awesome bears in the woods? You know how much more fun Yogi Bear would’ve been as a show? It’d basically be like The Hangover, only with cartoon bears. 

If only it weren’t for this fun-ruining Ranger. They should’ve mauled him. 

“Well they can’t have fun, I mean, c’mon…”

So, in honor of today being Saturday, here’s a wonderful list that allows you to list the cartoon characters that annoy you the most, and to vote for the worst, best and most memorably annoying ones.

The Most Annoying Cartoon Characters of All Time

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Today's List of the Day Just Isn't Fair

One of the greatest trends of recent memory is pointing out either via twitter hashtags, tumblr blogs or troll-like Facebook posts that a problem someone is complaining about is a “first world problem”. 

A first world problem is a grievance expressed by someone in a position of relative affluence to the rest of the world. This grievance is usually something only someone relatively well off would even be able to complain about. 

For example, someone in a state of starvation or poverty in a third world country wouldn’t even be able to complain about this: 

But a lot of times you see these along with Facebook pictures, or in the context of plain text, which is funny, but really lacks that extra umph that you really need to fully appreciate how insignificant these grievances really are. 

The Sad Youth Meme adds this umph by placing the first world problems next to a skinny, caucasian, melodramatic and overexposed/artsy picture of a young person in peril (who is really probably not in any real peril). 

So just so you can send over a reality check to anyone you know that complains way too much about problems that really just illustrate that their life is fine, today’s list of the day is The Very Best of the Sad Youth Meme.

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It's The List of The Day's First Day of School

Summer is coming to a (social) end. And by this I mean, of course, that it’s back to school time. The summer is by no means over, we’re still going to have awesome beach weather for a little while longer (and in LA, it’ll continue until we’re very well close to Christmas). But as far as the younguns are concerned, summer is basically over. The summer retail jobs are ending, video games are being finished and teenage summer romances are reaching their awkward “how the hell do I get out of this?” stage (unless they creepily follow you back to the high school you attend)

 

“So, uh, yeah, I’ll give you a call sometime…”

For those of you starting college in this fine fall season of 2011 (the class of 2015), there are some sage words of advice the internet has to give you. And those words of advice is “learn from our mistakes”, “don’t be an idiot” and “don’t fall for the oldest tricks in the book”.

So, thankfully, this generation has a meme looking out for them. It’s a meme that gives them great advice by ruthlessly mocking all the dumbest, most cliche, idiotic or just plain naive things we all did as college freshmen. 

We present to you, the College Freshman Meme — chronicling the best in what everybody does (or thinks) as a young, dumb college freshman. 

Have fun, make the most of it, study but don’t study too hard, and most importantly, meet as many attractive people that like you as you possibly can. They’ll come in handy later… ifyouknowwhatimsayin.

The Very Best of the College Freshman Meme 

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